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Month: December 2011

The Public Library and the Classroom

The Public Library and the Classroom

The public library is an indispensable resource for me when I plan lessons. My school uses emergent curriculum so my lessons are based on the interests of the children in my classroom. These interests change and vary and can incorporate anything from trucks to trees. For this reason, it would be impossible to have on hand at the school, enough books on every imaginable topic to fill the book corner with a nice variety of reading material for the children….

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Classroom Menorah

Classroom Menorah

Here is an easy, child friendly Menorah to use in the classroom. The best part is that the whole class can help make it.  You will need five card board paper towel rolls or nine toilet paper rolls for the candles and a cereal box for the base. To make the base, cut the cereal box in half lengthwise.  Tape the two pieces together.  And wrap them up with white paper.  Let the children paint the paper towel rolls, then…

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Ornaments

Ornaments

We have been making lots of different ornaments this month. Here are five of my favorite ornament ideas. 1. Pine cone Christmas trees.  We put a glob of air dry clay on the base of the pine cone so that it could stand up. Then we squeezed on some glue.  And added some colorful craft beads.  2. Popsicle stick snowflakes. The teachers glued the sticks together the day before. When it was time to decorate them, we gave the children…

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Christmas Tree Stumps in the Block Area

Christmas Tree Stumps in the Block Area

Update: I wanted to update this post because I did the same thing again this year except with a few differences. First, the Christmas tree people gave me the stumps for free. Hooray! Second, they let me pick out my own stumps, so I got a better variety. I picked out lots of small ones for inside play. The children built with them and put the plastic animals on them. I also picked out some bigger ones for outdoor play….

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Baking Cookies

Baking Cookies

I wanted to make a batch of Christmas cookies with the class this week. At first I planned on buying a package of pre-made sugar cookie dough at the grocery store but after some thought I decided it would be fun to make our own dough in the classroom. So today I brought my Kitchen-Aid mixer into the classroom. Before beginning the activity, I talked to the children about being safe when using kitchen appliances. We discussed who can turn…

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Glitter Glue Christmas Ornaments

Glitter Glue Christmas Ornaments

Just before Halloween we made Jack O Lanterns by squeezing glue onto round plastic lids. Today we used the same process to make Christmas ornaments. The only difference is the color of glue that we used. For this project you will need round plastic lids, red and green glue ( you can make this by adding food coloring to white glue), glitter glue, and glitter.  I set out all of the materials on the art table and the children went…

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Decorating the Christmas Tree

Decorating the Christmas Tree

I found a small artificial tree at Amazon.com for twelve dollars. It was just the right size for toddlers! I also found a box of plastic mini ornaments at Target for only five dollars.  I brought these into the classroom along with a string of Christams lights and we spent the morning decorating the tree.  The ornaments were just the right size for little hands.  Pin It

Cotton Ball Rabbits

Cotton Ball Rabbits

For this cute little rabbit you will need a cotton ball, two q-tips, a little pink or black pom pom for the nose, and two googly eyes. Cut the q-tips in half so that you can use two halves for the ears and two for the feet.  Glue all the pieces together to make a cute little rabbit.  These were a bit too difficult for the younger children to make because the pieces are small and hard to work with….

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